Thoughtful Thursday……. Lest we Forget

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The 11th Hour… of the 11th Day… of the 11th Month

Armistice Day marking the end of hostilities of the First World War.

The plea then was that we should remember… lest we forget... the tragedy of war.

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Sadly here in 2021 I fear we still haven’t learnt any lessons.

Today more than ever…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

11th November

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday…….. Too Many Memories

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Freddie Gilroy – Retired Miner and Soldier.

Deep in thought, or painful memories, this sculpture capture, a gentleman  recalling events that  would have scarred anyone’s life,  creating images permanently etched  within the mind.  Freddie Gilroy joined the army at the start of WW2,  but it was just before his 24th Birthday, when he was one of the first groups of soldiers to relieve Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp.   It is said, that he cried and every year on his birthday he shed more tears.

This sculpture, created from steel, is the work of Ray Lonsdale from County Durham.  Freddie was also from a mining community in County Durham.  I understand they became friends and that Ray heard  Freddie recount events from his life and the terrible memories he retained.  This inspired  Ray to create what has become a fitting memorial.  It has been said by others that Freddie was ‘a normal person, leading a normal life but had to experience extraordinary events and dangers of WW2’…..   the horrors of Belsen can never be forgotten.  Harsh lasting memories and a hard mining life, Freddie Gilroy died in 2008.

This larger than life sculpture can be found on a bench, with Freddie gazing out to sea, on the Promenade at North Bay, Scarborough, Yorkshire.  It was originally only an installation for a season.  However it was taken to the hearts of locals.  One person so moved donated the funds to secure its permanent location.

As we make new memories in difficult times we must not forget the trauma experienced by others over the years……   Today it is  also important that we….

 Remember to….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

23rd August

(C) David Oakes 2020

My Way of Remembering…..

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An Image taken today…at the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month… 2018

I am rather pleased that my favourite Silver Birch has hung onto its leaves for so long this autumn….somehow seemed so right this special year.

11th November

(C) David Oakes 2018